Jeanette and I traveled with the Centerfield Homemakers travel club to Erie, Pennsylvania. Our destination was not announced as this was to be a mystery trip. The bus headed west from Canandaigua along the New York Thruway. We have passed by Erie many many times in our travels but have never actually visited the city of Erie which is the fourth largest city in Pennsylvania.
The Erie Land Lighthouse was the first lighthouse on the Great Lakes authorized by Congress in 1812. The current structure was constructed in 1867 and the beacon served until 1899. The lantern was transferred to the Marblehead Lighthouse in Ohio.
Just across the Erie Bay, one can see the Black & White Lighthouse on the North Pier to Presque Isle Bay. This smaller lighthouse is made out of cast iron and was forged in France to replace a wooden beacon which was destroyed by a schooner in an 1857 storm.
The Lighthouse on Presque Isle sits on the Erie Lake side of Presque Isle. It was built in 1872 and is currently functional. The residence at the lighthouse is occupied and one can only look at the structure.
James R. Bupp